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NOAA says floods could plague much of the country

Posted On Fri, March 18, 2011

If official statements weren't enough to warn people about making sure their home insurance policy contains flood coverage, perhaps an advisory from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will be.

NOAA forecasters are cautioning Americans that spring flooding is well underway and to expect high-water problems to increase as the season wears on.

Jack Hayes, director of NOAA's National Weather Service, said that while no region is immune from floods, the risk is more significant in certain parts of the country.

"For the third consecutive year, the stage is set for potential widespread, record flooding in the North Central United States," said Hayes. "We've been coordinating with federal and state partners and high risk communities since December to raise awareness and help them prepare. All the ingredients are in place for major flooding so this situation should be taken very seriously.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has changed flood zones this year in several areas, meaning that some homeowners who weren't required to purchase flood coverage now have to if their community participates in FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program.

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